Dallas Stars Defeat Colorado Avalanche In Preseason Home Opener

By Chris Ransom

Dallas had their 2nd preseason game on Thursday.  The Dallas Stars won 5 to 2 against the Colorado Avalanche.

1st Period Summary

Early in the game Colorado goes on the power play as Jamie Benn is charged with a 4 minute high sticking double minor call.  Vernon Fiddler also gets charged with a penalty  Tyson Barrie shoots and scores as Colorado has a 5 on 3 power play against Dallas.  Dallas trails 1-0 early in the game.

 Colorado gains the early momentum and takes the crowd out.  Time to see how Dallas responds.

Dallas stars Colton Sceivor ties the game up at 1 midway through the first period.

After the first period Colorado outshot Dallas 11 to 4 in shots on goal.

2nd Period Summary

Sceivor gets another goal to give Dallas the lead.  The crowd really gets into the game.  Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen goes 16 for 17 in this game.  Jack Campbell comes into the game.

Colorado then responds by getting a goal to tie the game with Brad Malone helping the Avalanche get another power play goal.

The game would be tied at 2 heading into the final period.  Colorado outshot Dallas 22 to 12 heading into the final period.

3rd Period Summary

Less than 30 seconds into the 3rd period Jordie Benn gives Dallas a 3 to 2 lead.  Dallas would never look back after that point.  Dallas would go on to win 5 to 2.

The early goal really set the momentum for Dallas the rest of the game.

Dallas has to improve their defense and penalty killing.  This team is surprisingly performing well on offense even without Brad Richards.  Dallas may able to get to the first round if the defense can improve.  Its too early to tell how far this Dallas Stars team will go, but things look very promising at this moment.

Its apparent that the Dallas Stars made the right hire when hiring Glen Gulutzan to be the teams next head coach.  Gulutzan previously served as the AHL head coach of the Texas Stars.  The Texas Stars are the AHL partner of the Dallas Stars.

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